Alice M. Holden, CCVI
Perhaps if we shared what it is about our faith that brings us joy, that makes us feel the Presence within us, we will be able to grow in respect and even in love for each other. This is my hope for Interfaith INC. I pray it will become a place where people of all faiths and of no faith will hear, discuss, accept differences so that all may live in the Joy of what it means to be human, to be fully alive with a mission to be inclusive and reverent to all peoples of the world.
I know it can happen. We simply need to will it. We can listen to each other without judging or condemning. For this I pray. To this end I invite your participation.
was born in Chicago, Illinois, the sixth of eight children in a typically Irish-American, Catholic home. Elementary education was provided at St. Frances of Rome, Cicero, IL by the CCVI’s and secondary at Nazareth Academy, LaGrange, IL, by the CSJ’s. In 1953, Alice entered the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX, where her education continued at the University of the Incarnate Word and Marillac College in St. Louis, MO (BA), Loyola University in Chicago, IL (MBA), and the Graduate Theological Foundation (D.Min.). She is a certified Spiritual Director and Instructor of T’ai Chi Chih.
Can we possibly help each other to be the best that we can be?
Sometimes , when listening to both local and global news, we experience feelings of helplessness and concern for the future. We are left with the question: have we, as religious people, failed to deliver the message that we are ONE in the ONE? Do we forget that we are related to each other in a spiritual bond that goes beyond religious and cultural differences? Have our institutions failed us? Have they too forgotten who and Whose we are?
by. Alice M. Holden, CCVI
Sister Alice taught elementary and secondary education, was Director of Residential Treatment Centers, engaged in Parish Ministry, was Spiritual Director at ReBarn, a Center for Spirituality and the Arts and began SPARKS (Spiritual Practices and the Arts Reclaiming Knowledge of the Soul). In 2008 Alice was invited by UIW to be Spiritual Director at the Denman Center, where she continued the activities of SPARKS. When reaching towards her 80th birthday, Alice thought of and received permission to retire at the community’s Village at I. W. However, she instead asked Dr. Agnese, President of UIW, how she might help make his dream come true to establish a retreat and conference center on the grounds purchased by the University. She suggested that it be an Interfaith Center to reflect the population of the UIW, as well as to assist the needs of the times. Alice is now fundraiser for InterfaithINC, an INClusive Celebration of Faith and Reason.
In 2005 Sister Alice published Sparks of the Divine One, her first collection of poetry.
San Antonio, TX